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Bud Merrill

Robert “Bud” Merrill, 90, of Gettysburg died Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013 at the Avera Oahe Manor, Gettysburg.
Funeral services were Sept. 6 at the United Methodist Church, Gettysburg with Pastor Jeff Adel officiating. Burial followed in the Gettysburg Cemetery with full military honors.
Robert John Merrill was born Sept. 10, 1922 in Sully County to Dayton and Florence “Elize” (McGee) Merrill. He attended school in east Harrison Country School until eighth grade.
In July 1943 Bud entered the United State Army and served during World War II. He was honorably discharged in November 1945 with a purple heart.
Bud returned home and farmed and ranched.
On Nov. 24, 1950 he married Phyllis Parks.
Bud was a member of the American Legion and VFW.
He is survived by his wife Phyllis of Gettysburg; his sons: Allen Merrill of Gettysburg and Mark Merrill of Pierre; two sisters: Daisy Plumb and Dorothy Roseland of Piedmont and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Dora Archer; and six brothers: Ray, Ben, Allen, Charles, Donald and Edward.
Luce Funeral Home of Gettysburg is in charge of arrangements.

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Doyle Roseland

Doyle Dayton Roseland, 59, of Piedmont, SD,  died Sept. 2, 2013.
Funeral services were Sept. 7 at Serenity Springs Funeral Chapel. Burial followed at Piedmont Cemetery.
Doyle was born, Sept. 6, 1953 to Robert and Dorothy (Merrill)Roseland in Faulkton, SD. He grew up in Gettysburg.
He is survived by his wife, Linda Roseland; daughter, Jolene Roseland; mother Dorothy, all  of Piedmont and sister Darcy Randle of Rapid City.
A memorial has been established to the American Cancer Society for Pancreatic Cancer Research.

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Potter County Battlers defeat Chargers

On a sultry September night, the mighty Potter County Battlers traveled south to take on the Sully Buttes Chargers. The sun was setting at the start of the game, with kickoff backed off to 8 p.m. due to high heat that dropped to around 90 degrees by game time.
Both teams came into the contest with a 1-0 record on the season. By the end of the night, the Chargers were sitting at 1-1 and Coach Vern Smith and the Battlers added another notch to the win record.
On the first Battler possession of the night, the drive moved quickly for a score with a fake handoff and counter move to Mitch Hinckley that moved it 39 yards into the red zone. Quarterback Chayce Hall connected on a 21 yard pass play pulled in by Luke Vogel on a diving catch to draw first blood on the game. Another point was added to the score with a kick through the uprights by the quarterback, and the Battlers were on the board with a 7-0 lead.
The Chargers answered with a punt return by Cody Nelson, who moved across the field to just over 35 yards from the goal, but within a couple minutes they ended up punting back to the Potter County team.
At the 37 yard line, on a third and a foot, Hayden Simon punched the ball ahead three yards for a fresh set of downs. The next play netted another six points on a handoff to Tanner Heuer who bolted almost 60 yards into the end zone, followed by another point off the foot of Chayce Hall.
With 14-0 on the board, the Battlers didn’t go without the ball for long. On their own 23 yard line they recovered a Charger fumble on a big turnover. It was quickly turned into a fourth and 14 with a quarterback sack by Charger Dylan Hill. After an incomplete pass, the Chargers took over on their own 27.
Battlers took over again on the Charger 31 when the Sully Buttes punt play wasn’t put together.
Potter County pounded up the middle with a handoff to Hinckley, added another eight yards from Tanner Storer, and moved again with a pitch back to Dalton Storer. On the Charger 16, the Sully Buttes defensive stand forced the Battlers to kick a field goal, putting another three on the scoreboard. The first quarter ended with the Battlers on the board, 17 to 0.
The Sully County team got to work at the start of the second quarter, pushing their way into Battler territory and setting up a series of downs. Shiloh Perkins  gained 32 yards to the Battler 15 line.  Josh Lamb pushed his way into a first and goal position on the three yard line. A handoff to Jace Anderson added six points to their side of the scoreboard, but the Battler defense stopped them short of the two point conversion. The score stood at 17-6.
Dalton Storer returned the kick to move Potter County into good field position on their 41 yard line. On a quarterback carry, Hall side stepped a couple tackles and dived in for a first down. A penalty pulled it back to 15 yards, and Hall moved it across the 50 into Charger country. On a hand off to the big guy, Hinckly bulled his way up the middle for some nice yardage and a first and 10 on the 31.
Cody Nelson stopped the Battler drive for the Charger defense with an interception on the Sully Buttes nine yard line. With 1:32 in the half, they earned a new set of downs, fumbled on the play, which was picked up  by Chayce Hall who took it all the way into the endzone. There was no extra point, but the Battlers spread the score to 23-6.
On the Charger 43, Sully Buttes tried to put something together in the last minute of the half. With a fourth and nine on the 50, the Chargers prepared to go for it with only 10 seconds on the clock. They moved up 10 yards with a second left to play. The final pass was high and long and incomplete, so the teams headed into the half.
Starting the second half of play the Chargers took the kick and started on their own 37. They squared up and got some good blocks, moving the line of scrimmage just shy of the 50. Their third fumble of the night was picked up by Ryan Sundberg for the Battlers.
A handoff to Simon moved the ball 16 yards onto the Charger side of the field. The Battlers started driving, when the quarterback bobbled the ball a couple times and kicked it out of bounds. A time consuming drive ended with the Battlers turning over on downs at the Charger 30 yard line.
Sully Buttes tried to hold onto the ball and headed up the middle. The drive ended with a pass right into the hands of Battler Hayden Simon, who took over on the Charger 47 yard line. The quarterback handed off to his brother, Colten Hall, who put the Battlers back in business when he ran around the outside to the 16.  The ball ended back on the 21 after some nice defensive pressure from the Chargers, but the Battlers put together their counter play with Hall connecting with a wide-open Hinckley who added another touchdown to the game. A kick added to it, spreading the score 30-6.
Sully Buttes took the kick but couldn’t put anything together before the end of the third quarter.
During the final 12 minutes of football, Sully Buttes made a few connections to move the ball down field that finished with a 60 yard strike from Scott Senftner to Nelson who made it to the end zone. The extra points didn’t happen, so the score tightened to 30-12.
With 7:21 left in the game, the Battlers took over and started to run down the clock before kicking it away, way down to the Charger endzone. Pinned deep with their backs against the zone, Sully Buttes tried to keep moving forward. A late hit penalty on Potter County gave the Chargers some more yardage, but they couldn’t put together a score before the end of the game, which ended 30-12.
The Potter County Battlers host Timber Lake on Friday night for the GHS Homecoming game, with a 7 p.m. kickoff.
-Molly McRoberts
PC 17 6 7 0 30
SB 0 6 0 6 12
First downs: PC 9, SB 10
Scoring plays: PC Chayce Hall pass to Lucas Vogel 21 yds, XP Chayce Hall kick
PC Tanner Heuer 59 yd run, Chayce Hall kick
PC Chayce Hall 26 yd field goal
SB Jace Anderson 1 yd run, run failed.
PC Chayce Hall fumble recovery and return, 24 yds. Run failed.
PC Chayce Hall pass to Mitch Hinckley 18 yds, Chayce Hall run
SB Scott Senftner pass to Cody Nelson 59 yds, pass failed.
Passing: Chayce Hall 3 of 8 for 49 yds, 2 TDs, 1 int; SB Scott Snftner 6-16-105, 1 TD, 1 int.
Rushing: Mitch Hinckley 7 carries for 79 yds, – TDs; Chayce Hall 12-79; Tanner Heuer 1-59, 1 TD; team 41-321, 1 TD. SB Shiloh Perkins 9-64, Jace Anderson 14-59, 1 TD; SB team 32-136, 1 TD.
Receiving: Mitch Hinckley 1 catch for 8 yds, 1 TD; Lucas Vogel 1-21, 1TD. SB Cody Nelson 4-84, 1 TD; Lewis Hofer 1-17.
Defensive standouts: Mitch Hinckley 10 tackles, Ryan Sundberg 10 tackles, Chayce Hall 8 tackles.

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Girls place second in cross country

Potter County cross country runners headed to the Redfield-Doland Invitational on Thursday, Sept. 5. Following are the results:
Boys’ Division
Individual Results: 38, Carl Cronin, Potter County, 21:43.06; 58, Austin Duttenhoffer, Potter County, 24:32.57.
Girls’ Division
Team Scores: Redfield-Doland 9, Potter County 27, Northwestern 34, Webster 37, Aberdeen Roncalli 43, Warner 55, James Valley Christian 60, Great Plains Lutheran 80, Deuel 99, Hitchcock-Tulare 99.
Individual Results (times not reported): 2, Hannah Flatt, Potter County; 12, Delanie Larson, Potter County; 15, Sarah McClure, Potter County; 34, Shaye Jungwirth, Potter County; 37, Emma Weyand, Potter County; 55, Lilli Cronin, Potter County.

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Lady Battlers beat Strasburg-Zeeland

The Potter County Lady Battlers defeated the Strasburg-Zeeland team Sept. 5 on the road. Following are the stats from the game.
at Strasburg, ND
Serving 80 of 90, 16 aces. Tara Heuer 23 of 23, 9; Morgan VanderVorst 14 of 17, 4; Alli Lake 11 of 13, 2.
Attacking 80 of 100, 32 kills. Alli Lake 20 of 25, 11; Regan Everson, 20 of 25, 10; Alyssa Haberer 16 of 21, 5; Destry Nafziger 11 of 14, 3.
Setting 86 of 86, 28 assists. Megan Schrempp 81 of 81, 28.
Blocking 2 solos, 4 assists. Morgan VanderVorst 1, 1; Alyssa Haberer 1, 1.
Digs 58. Morgan VanderVorst 15; Tara Heuer 12; Alli Lake 11.
Potter County 25-25-18-26
Strasburg-Zeeland 17-18-25-24
JV Match
Potter County 25-25
Strasburg-Zeeland 8-22
C Team
Potter County 25-25-15
Strasburg-Zeeland 3-12-7

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Mighty Potter County Battlers smash Miller in season opener

The Potter County Battlers hit the road Friday night and came home with the first win of the season again the Miller Rustlers. The men finished with a score of 45-13, setting the pace for another great season of Battler football.
The team is again led this year by head coach Vern Smith, with assistants Bryce Hall, Brady Hartung, and Keith Scott.
This week the team heads to Onida to face the Sully Buttes Chargers with plans to move on their 1-0 season record. The Chargers also come into the game with the same record after their 60-8 win over Lower Brule last week.
Friday’s game is a Yellowstone Trail Conference bout. Kickoff in Onida is scheduled for 7 p.m. but if the heat is terrible, that could be pushed back. Check with the school if it is hot outside!
Potter County vs Miller
PC 12 21 12 0 – 45
M 0 7 0 6 13
Record: PC 1-0, M 0-1
First down: PC 13, M 6
Scoring plays: PC Tanner Heuer 7 yd run, run failed.
PC Chayce Hall 17 yd run, run failed.
PC Chayce Hall pass to Mitchell Hinckley 15 yds, Chayce Hall kick.
M Colten Peterman pass to Cody Naber 11 yds, Devon Gnat kick.
PC Colton Hall 55 yd run, Chayce Hall kick.
PC Dalton Storer 6 yd run, Chayce Hall kick.
PC Chayce Hall 16 yd run, kick failed.
PC Chayce Hall 37 yd run, kick failed.
M Gnat 17 yd run, end of game.
Passing: Chayce Hall 3 of 5 for 27 yds, 1 TD, 2 int. Team: 3-5-27, 1 TD, 1 int. Miller-Tate Kettelhut 4-8-20, 1 TD, 1 int; Colten Peterman 1-2-11, 1 TD, 1 int; team 5-10-31, 1 TD, 1 int.
Rushing: Tanner Storer 5 carries for 74 yds, 0 TDs; Chayce Hall 4-72, 3 TDs; Hayden Simon 11-57, 0 TDs; team 39-366, 6 TDs. Miller – Devon Gnat 15-126, 1 TD; team 27-184 2 TDs.
Receiving: PC Mitchell Hinckley 1 catch for 15 yds, 1 TD. Miller – Not available.
Defensive standouts: PC Mitch Hinckley 9 tackles, Chayce Hall 7 tackles, 1 interception, Michael Rausch, Hayden Simon, Tanner Heuer, 4 tackles each.

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Potter County Lady Battlers win third in YTC tourney

The Lady Battlers headed into the Yellowstone Trail Conference tournament Saturday morning with a big win against Edmunds Central in straight sets, 25-11, 25-15. The tourney was moved to the gym in Onida due to the extreme heat and need for air conditioning, but the girls were still hot, serving 37 of 45 with 14 aces on the match.
Moving into the second round of the tourney, they faced the Sully Buttes Lady Chargers and ended with their first loss on the season after making their opponents work for their win. The score ended 25-20, 15-25, 24-26.
Their third match of the day gave the Lady Battlers a third place tournament win against Eureka/Bowdle in straight sets, 25-10, 25-16. The team stands with two wins and one loss to start the season.
The volleyball team is coached by Jamie Cronin and assisted by Wendy Rausch.
Stats-Saturday, Aug. 31
Round 1 – YTC Tournament
vs. Edmunds Central
Serving 37 of 45, 14 aces. Morgan VanderVorst 9 of 10, 5 aces; Megan Schrempp 10-10, 4; Hope Ownes 5-7, 2; Alli Lake 6-8, 2.
Attacking 29 of 34, 17 kills. Alli Lake 10-13, 5; Destry nafziger 4-4, 4.
Setting 29 of 29, 8 assists. Megan Schrempp 29-29, 8.
Blocking 4 solos, 1 assist. Destry Nafziger 2, 1; Alyssa Haberer 2.
Digs 8. Destry Nafziger 2; Regan Everson 2; Alli Lake 2.
PC 25-25
EC 11-15

Round 2
vs. Sully Buttes
Serving 52-54, 14. Morgan VanderVorst 12-12, 5; Megan Schrempp 12-12, 3; Alli Lake 5-7, 3; Tara Heuer 5-5, 2.
Attacking 68-75, 21. Regan Everson 22-23, 7; Alli Lake 25-27, 7; Destry Nafziger 4-4, 3; Alyssa Haberer 7-8-3.
Setting 65-67, 14. Megan Schrempp 65-67, 14.
Blocking 12 solo, 10 assists. Destry Nafziger 4-5; Alyssa Haberer 4-2.
Digs 36. Alli Lake 8; Regan Everson 8; Morgan VanderVorst 8.
PC 25-15-24
SB 20-25-26

Third Place
vs. Eureka/Bowdle
Serving 45-48, 12. Alli Lake 8-8, 3; Morgan VanderVorst 6-6, 3.
Attacking 44-49, 22. Alli Lake 13-15, 9; Alyssa Haberer 8-9, 4; Aly Breau 4-4, 3.
Setting 43-44, 20. Megan Schrempp 41-42, 20.
Blocking 11 solo, 4 assists. Alyssa Haberer 3-1, Destry Nafziger 2-2.
Digs 31. Regan Everson 10, Alli Lake 8, Morgan Vander Vorst 5.
PC 25-25
E/B 10-16

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Potter County cross country girls take first in Mobridge meet

The Potter County girls cross country team brought home first place from the Mobridge-Polllock Invitational on Aug. 31. Lemmon came in second place at the meet.
Hanna Flatt, Sarah McClure, and Delanie Larson placed first, second, and third, respectively to help cinch the win.
Following are the stats for the Potter County participants. The team is coached by Jessica Larson.
Girls Varsity 4000 M
1 Hannah Flatt Potter County 17’09
2  Sarah McClure Potter County 17’30
3  Delanie Larson Potter County 17’53
13 Emma Weyand Potter County 20’39.
Girls JV 3000 M
9 Shawdna Rausch Potter County    17’19
Boys JV 3000 M
11 Joseph Mangin Potter County 15’17
Girls JH 1600 M
6 Emilie Larson Potter County 6’55
14 Amber Flatt Potter County    8’11
16 Nadyne Eckstrom    Potter County    8’28

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GHS Homecoming…

royalty homecomingDSCF1047Royalty candidates have been selected for GHS Homecoming. Pictured are (back row, l to r) Hayden Simon (Dean and Nadine), Kelcey Robbennolt (Steve and Laurie), Lilli Cronin (Matt and Janet), Aaron Beetsch (Jenny and Cory). Front row: Alli Lake (Bridget and John), Chase Sievers (LeAnn and Monte), Mitch Hinckley (Don and Dawn), and Morgan VanderVorst (Cathy and Wayne). Coronation will take place Monday evening, Sept. 9 at 7:30 in the GHS gym.

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Battler Homecoming at GHS gets underway next week

Homecoming will get underway next week, Sept. 9-13 in Gettysburg.
This year’s parade is following a cereal style theme of, “The Battlers aren’t good, they’re GRRReat!” Members of the community are invited to join in next Friday’s parade which starts at 1:30 p.m. Please call the school at 765-2436 by Friday morning at 9 a.m. to let them know you plan to participate. Parade line up starts around 1 p.m. on the east side of Commercial Avenue.
Following the parade, a pep rally will be held at the school gym. The week will kick off with coronation on Monday, Sept. 9 at 7:30 in the GHS gym. Coronation will be followed by the football jersey auction and burning of the “G.” The royalty candidates selected by the student body are Aaron Beetsch, Mitch Hinckley, Chase Sievers, Hayden Simon, Lili Cronin, Alli Lake, Kelcey Robbennolt, and Morgan VanderVorst. The crowners at the event will be Katrina Smith and Austin Dutenhoeffer.
The GHS Student Council announced the dress-up days for the week which start off with Military Monday, Twin Tuesday, Zombie Day on Wednesday, Redneck Day on Thursday, and Friday will be Battler Pride Day.
Sports are a big part of the homecoming week, and there is something for every Battler fan going on throughout the week. On Monday the JH/JV football teams will play Sully Buttes in Gettysburg. On Tuesday, the Lady Battlers will be at home playing Dupree starting at 6:30 p.m.
Thursday the junior high and high school vollebyall teams will head to Faulkton with matches starting at 5 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.
Friday the 13th will be the lucky day for the Mighty Potter County Battlers when they take on Timber Lake for the homecoming game with a 7 p.m. kickoff.
On Saturday the Lady Battlers will have a match in Miller starting at 6:30 p.m.
The cross country team will head to Ipswich on Sept. 14 with a 10 a.m. start.
Future Battler football players can show their stuff with the Punt, Pass, and Kick competition Friday afternoon starting with registration at 4 p.m.

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